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Like most people, I have bought some interesting/strange/embarrassing things in my lifetime. Or is that just me? Anyway, I’m not going to
shock bore you with my list of previous embarrassing purchases, but I am going to share the item that is undoubtedly #1 on the all-time list of embarrassing purchases.
Just looking at that monkey makes me shudder. I distinctly remember looking at those parents with kids on leashes and thinking “what in the world are their lazy tails doing, that they need their kid on a leash??!!” I was never going to be one of those moms. Ah, how easy it was to judge other parents before Little C came along………
My mommy/daughter adventure to the beach is coming up very soon, and after thinking through the logistics of traveling by myself with a very curious and fast little toddler, I sucked it up and pressed purchase on this leash. Don’t even bother calling it a “safety harness”, it’s a freaking leash. I’m embarrassed for myself. Little C may not mind (heck, she’ll probably love the monkey!), but I know what many of those little judgmental minds will be thinking when they see us walking around the airport. But you know what, I don’t actually care.
What I care about is that Little C is safe, and that we have a great time on our trip. While I was never really one that was overly concerned with what others thought of me or what I was doing, as a parent you no longer really get to care what others think about you. You care about what is best for your family. This dang little leash monkey is what is best for our family on this trip. If the TSA decides that I look like someone they want to get a special friendly screening moment with me on that specific day, Little C won’t be able to quietly wander away. If she sees an ice cream cone and wants to make a full-on dash toward it, she won’t get far without me. Heck, if she sees a real life Jessie from Toy Story, she still won’t be able to sneak away from mommy to rush over and meet her cartoon idol.
I plan to have her in a stroller for much of our airport adventure, so we’ll see how much action the monkey sees. I am actually relieved to have a safe option for when she wants out of the stroller. But, that doesn’t relieve the leash monkey from the #1 spot on Mommy Point’s most embarrassing purchase list.
Have you used one of the leash/harnesses for you kiddo when traveling? What do you think when you see people using them (come on, be honest!)? Any other good alternatives for traveling with a very mobile under-two-year-old who isn’t quite ready to obey your every command?
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